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Best to check the origin of your Teak Garden Furniture before purchasing

Posted 31st March 2010.

The majority of garden furniture produced in Vietnam comes from teak wood from Africa, Laos & Cambodia and Burma. The same applies to Teak furniture now originating from China.

African teak wood is mostly young teak wood with a lot of sapwood and the legality of the wood is very doubtable.

Teak from both Laos and Cambodia is less in quality with many dead knots and definitely comes from tropical rain forests. All environmental organisations are protesting against the further
logging in these countries.

Burmese teak is maybe the nicest teak wood available on the market. Nice performance but with a very bad background. The Burmese military government needs the money of the teak export to finance
the military regime and is logging the tropical rain forests in fast tempo. All NGO’s are warning strongly not to support the military regime in Burma and to stop the fast deforestation of Myanmar; they warn for a huge ecological disaster in the coming decades when the deforestation of Burma continues.

In Asia, Indonesia is the only country producing garden furniture from plantation teak. The Dutch planted teak (Tectona Grandis)
from high quality around Java. They started the first plantations; the same plantations still supply the wood for the garden furniture industry in Indonesia nowadays.

Although the logging went too fast in the beginning 90’s of the past century nowadays many reforestation programs are set up and within the next decade many problems of shortage will be solved.
Nevertheless the quantity of available teak wood is limited for the moment; the Indonesian government is doing a good job to avoid natural disasters like are happening in Burma nowadays.

The Indonesian Government controls the logging of the wood well but still some illegal logging can not be avoided.

For teak garden furniture buyers that want to be sure it is important that their supplier has a good Chain of Custody (COC).

Chairsandtables.co.uk , along with its suppliers, do have such a system that controls the logs "from forests till finished product in the carton".

Chairsandtables.co.uk are able to give its customers the guarantee that there teak garden furniture is coming from Javanese plantations and that the wood has been officially purchased from Perum Perhutani, the official governmental organisation that regulates the logging, administration and sales of teak wood (Tectona Grandis) from plantations. Perum Perhutani works together with projects of several Ngo’s to insure the logging is environmentally acceptable.

Let 2010 be a good start for the teak forests around Asia and choose for garden furniture made from legal teak wood.

Chairsandtables.co.uk spend many weeks in Indonesia each year to source the best quality of teak garden furniture possible. There range includes teak tables, chairs, benches and a wide variety of accessories. There product are available from stock already in the UK for immediate delivery after purchase. Please check out the online store for further details www.chairsandtables.co.uk